Children from the local junior schools once again gave outstanding performances to a full house of around 300 friends, families, local residents and invited guests, including St Albans City and District Mayor, Cllr Carol Leonard, Anne Main, MP and local Councillors at the Parish Council’s Annual Community Carol Concert.
The Nativity was presented by the children from Killigrew School, supported by Legolam, a Shetland lamb, who joined the children on stage for their performance. Park Street School Choir sang ‘Mary Did You Know’ and How Wood School Choir sang ‘Little Donkey’ and ‘It Was on a Starry Night’. In addition to the presentations from the schools guest were entertained by the Choir, drawn from all the local churches and friends, and The Watford Band who also provided the accompaniment for the traditional carols.
Rev’d Chris Short from Park Street Baptist Church delivered his Christmas message, entitled ‘The King Who Wore his Crown Upside-down’ and the concluding prayer.
This was 17th Annual Community Carol Concert – it is a free event, run by the Parish Council, and is made possible by the continuing support of volunteers, including the 220 St. Albans Squadron Air Training Corps, Salsa Mish, choirmaster Ian La Riviere, sound engineer Simon Whittle and Penny Farmer, Legolam’s owner.
This year’s nominated charity was the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the collection made at the end of the event raised over £500. This will help the Association continue to provide support for MND sufferers and fund research into the Disease, from which six people die each and every day in the UK and for which there is currently no cure.
Councillor Ian Getley commented
“The Annual Carol Concert is seen by many in the Parish as the ‘starting point’ for the Christmas celebrations. We are grateful to the local schools, performers and all the volunteers who contribute to the event. This year’s collection raised more than ever before thanks to the generosity of the people who attended the Concert.
My thanks once again to everyone involved, including all our staff, who helped to make the Concert such a big success”